What is Ketamine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Ketamine lozenges

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See also: Ketamine-Lidocaine Infusion Ketoprofen, Bupivacaine, Amitriptyline, Clonidine, Gabapentin , Ketamine, Cyclobenzaprine

Ketamine is a general anesthetic. It is usually used for induction and maintenance of general anesthesia, especially when cardiovascular depression must be avoided; it is also used for sedation and pain relief.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Chronic pain syndrome 13 7
Pain 12 8
Major depressive disorder 7 10
Complex regional pain syndrome type I 5 1
Fibromyalgia 3 5
Post-traumatic stress disorder 3 6

Show all 28 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 2
Moderate 4
Mild 14
None 14

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ketamine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Nausea 3
Dissociation 2
Drowsiness 2
Migraine headaches 2
Numbness 2
Visual hallucinations 2

Show all 17 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Ketamine

Dosage Patients Percentage
0.1 mg monthly 1
65 mg every 3 months 1
32 mg every other week 1
50 mg every other week 1
15 mg twice daily 1
100 mg m,w,f 1
600 mg weekly 1
30 mg three times daily 1
750mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Ketamine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 8
Did not seem to work 8
Doctor's advice 5
Side effects too severe 4
Other 3
See all 20 patients who've stopped taking Ketamine

Duration

Currently taking Ketamine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 3

Stopped taking Ketamine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 12
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 27
Usually 3
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 5
Somewhat hard to take 12
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 7
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 7
$100-199 1
$50-99 3
$25-49 1
< $25 9
Not specified 13

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ketamine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Nerve Block (Sympathetic nerve blocks) 1
Tranylcypromine (Parnate) 1

Patients stopped taking Ketamine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Medical marijuana (Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture) 1
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1 patient evaluation for Ketamine

Mar 28, 2012 (Started Feb 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Advice & Tips: it might work for you. I wasn't that lucky
Cost: < $25 monthly

Mar 15, 2012 (Started Feb 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Every Other Week
Advice & Tips: it didn't work for me but it might for you.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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